Scar Revision

A scar is the body's natural way of healing and replacing lost or damaged skin. Scar revisions are performed to help improve the appearance of scarring with the goal of making the area look as natural as possible. 

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Our facial plastic surgeons are innovators and national experts in their field. They are among a small group of surgeons trained through double board certification in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Through their training and extensive experience, they have the best-in-class skills needed to transform the appearance of scars.

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Our Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery subspecialists are double-board certified as head and neck surgeons, delivering patients the skills required for superior results in both cosmetic and functional procedures. Our physicians are national leaders in the most complex and innovative facial reconstruction techniques needed for traumatic injuries, cancer and other conditions.

To schedule an appointment, please call the UC Health Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery team at 513-475-8444.

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Answers to Your Scar Revision Questions

Scars result from irreversible damage to the deepest layer of the skin. This can be the result of an accident, past surgery, piercings or acne. Unfortunately, not all scars heal well. This is particularly problematic when scars heal poorly on facial tissue. 

A scar revision is a procedure on a scar that alters its appearance. The revision may improve the appearance of the scar or restore function to a part of the body that may have been restricted by the scar. It is important to remember that scars cannot be completely removed.

We recognize that such scars can have serious social and emotional consequences for patients. We are committed to applying the latest treatment techniques and technology to transform facial scars with the goal of making the face look as natural as possible.

Scars may appear anywhere on the body, and the composition of a scar may vary — appearing flat, lumpy, sunken or colored. It may be painful or itchy.

Keloid scars

These are thick, rounded, irregular clusters of scar tissue that grow at the site of a wound on the skin but beyond the borders of the wound. They often appear red or darker in color compared to the surrounding normal skin. Keloids are formed from skin cells and connective tissue (fibroblasts) that multiply to repair the damage. These scars may appear anywhere on the body but most commonly on the face, neck, ears, chest or shoulders. They occur most often in people with dark complexions. 

Hypertrophic scars

Hypertrophic scars are similar to keloid scars. However, their growth is confined within the boundaries of the original skin defect. These scars may also appear red and are usually thick and elevated. Hypertrophic scars usually start to develop within weeks after the injury to the skin.


Contractures are an abnormal occurrence when a large area of skin is damaged and lost. The scar formation pulls the edges of the skin together, causing a tight area. This can also occur as scars heal. The decrease in the size of the skin can then affect the muscles, joints and tendons, causing a decrease in movement.

Our facial plastic surgeons will carefully examine your scar or scars and seek to understand your unique goals. We will then offer one or more treatment strategies to improve your specific scar or scars. 

Treatment options include:

  • Dermabrasion
  • Chemical peel
  • Punch excision
  • Dermal filler
  • Fat transfer
  • Laser surgery
  • Scar injections
  • Surgical revision
  • Z-plasty
  • Geometric broken line closure
  • W-plasty
  • Skin graft

Why UC Health

Experience and Expertise

Leading-Edge Care

UC Health facial plastic surgeons advance the science of discovery and provide state-of-the-art surgical techniques by doing research, teaching the next generation of physicians and pioneering new procedures.

Innovators and National Experts

UC Health’s facial plastic surgeons are at the forefront of care. They are double board-certified and highly trained to transform your appearance and restore important function, ensuring only the best results.

Your Face Is Our Focus

Our surgeons trained at the nation’s most prestigious institutions and have performed thousands of facial surgeries, making their expertise unmatched.

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Referring Physicians: Success and Provider Toolbox

We are committed to providing optimal care to your patient and open communication with you. We understand that as a referring physician, you need to be kept informed of your patient’s progress. That’s why we set up a toolbox to share detailed information about your patient’s health with you.

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